Golden Dawn trial dis­rupted after ten­sions lead to scuf­fles

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Judges hear­ing an on­go­ing case against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party had to leave the court­room yes­ter­day after scuf­fles broke out be­tween the plain­tiffs’ and de­fen­dants’ sup­port­ers.

Yes­ter­day’s hear­ing re­lated to an at­tack by sus­pected Golden Dawn mem­bers on a branch of An­tip­noia in June 2008, in which two mem­bers of the anar­chist group were stabbed. Ten­sion arose after wit­nesses for An­tip­noia asked for sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side the court to be al­lowed en­try. They ob­jected when po­lice re­fused the re­quest, say­ing that dozens of GD sup­port­ers had been al­lowed in. The in­ci­dent sparked a heated exchange of words be­tween the two sides, with po­lice step­ping in when they started to launch wa­ter bot­tles and other pro­jec­tiles at each other.

The judges walked out of the court­room after ad­journ­ing the hear­ing un­til to­mor­row. Pro­ceed­ings are to re­sume at a makeshift court­room at Ko­ry­dal­los Prison in­stead of the Athens Ap­peals Court.

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